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Monthly Programs 2014-2015

Salem Garden Club Program
2014 - 2015
Please note meeting dates and locations carefully.  An asterisk beside a date (*) indicates a change from usual first Thursday date or a change of meeting location.  Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings will take place at the Nathaniel Silsbee House (Knights of Columbus) in Salem, located at 94 Washington Square East.  Our meetings will take place in the upstairs hall.  Members will enter through the front doors. Parking is in the rear of the building.  Social time with refreshments starts at 7:00 PM followed by the business meeting at 7:30 PM.  Our featured program will begin shortly after the business meeting.  Guests are welcome to attend meetings.  A donation of $5 is suggested.

*Thursday, September 4, 2014, 7:00 PM
Guest Speaker: Barbara Warren
First Meeting of the 2014 -2015 Season
At our opening meeting we will welcome and introduce our newest members to the Salem Garden Club.  Club Officers and committee members will be introduced and will give a brief description of their roles.  Our goals for the upcoming year will be outlined and news of our ongoing projects will be spotlighted.  Members will have the chance to sign up for various SGC projects taking place during the next year.  At the end of our business meeting, Barbara Warren will be presenting a short talk on the present ecological condition of Salem Sound and how we as gardeners can positively or negatively impact this condition.  Barbara is the Executive Director of Salem Sound Coastwatch whose mission is to protect and improve the environmental quality of Salem Sound and its watershed.

Hostess Chairs: Dorothy Bates and Judy Giunta 

*Thursday, October 9, 2014, 7:00 PM
*Guest Speaker: Jean Anderson (The program descriptions as listed in the program book have been switched.  Speakers and descriptions shown here are correct.)
Meeting open to the public (Non-Member Donation $5)
 Learn more about the use and enjoyment of perennials in your garden.  Jean Anderson will teach us not only about the many beautiful perennials we can use in our gardens but also how to propagate them successfully.  Jean has been gardening for over fifty years.  She has been a presenter at local organizations and garden clubs as well as at the New England Flower Show for five years. 

Hostess Chairs: Carolyn Bussolari and Caren Bussolari 

Thursday, November 6, 2014, 7:00 PM
Guest Speakers: Marty Jessel & Randy Johnson
Meeting open to the public (Non-Member Donation $5)
Marty Jessel was called a Honey Hero by Northshore Magazine for rescuing bees from death by saving one hive at a time.  He and Randy Johnson are members of the Essex County Beekeepers Association.  Together they are saving honey bees, preserving local agriculture, and saving the environment.  They will talk to us about the issues of honeybees dying and possible causes of the problem.

Hostess Chairs: Theresa Beaupre' and Joan Berry 

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 7:00 PM
SGC Christmas Boutique Workshop (Members only)
The Christmas Boutique Workshop will be held at St. Peter's Episcopal Church at 24 St. Peter Street across from the Museum Place Mall.  All members are needed to prepare for the Christmas Boutique, our annual fundraising event.  Enjoy, share and learn from the creativity of fellow garden club members.  Participants may make purchases at the workshop at a discount.  It's always great fun!  Bring plenty of energy and your workshop kit which should include wire cutters, floral cutters, wire, scissors, paper and pencil. 

Hostess Chairs: Anna Geraghty and Joanne Mizioch

The Christmas Boutique will be held at the Saltonstall School on Saturday, December , 2014 in conjunction with the Historic Salem, Inc. Christmas House Tour.  Members are needed to help with set-up, sales, and clean-up.

Thursday, February 5, 2015, 7:00 PM
Guest Speaker: Patrick Parent
Meeting open to the public (Non-member donation $5)
Patrick Parent, General Manager of Northeast Nursery in West Peabody, will again be our guest speaker by popular demand.  Patrick will answer any questions we have regarding spring planting and help us with any other issues that will help us become better gardeners.

Hostess Chairs: Nancy Lutts and Martha Bagby

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 7:00 PM
Guest Speaker: Rita Wollmering and Brooke Finn
Meeting open to the public (Non-member donation $5)
Rita Wollmering is the founder, manager, and grower of the HERB FARMacy.  She and co-owner Brooke Finn will share their knowledge of certified organic plants, medicinal, ornamental and culinary herbs.
Hostess Chairs: Kathleen Connolly and Barbara Robinson

*Thursday, April 9, 2015, 7:00 PM
Guest Speaker: Melissa Pace
Meeting open to the public (Non-member donation $5)
Melissa Pace is an award winning horticulturalist who competes in many garden and flower shows.  She has been a University of Rhode Island Master Gardener since 2003 and has a masters degree in teaching from Brigewater University.  Her topic is "A Victory Garden for Today's World".

Hostess Chairs: Dianne Skreslet and Diane Pabich

Thursday, May 7, 2015, 7:00 PM
Guest Speaker: Janice Charlton
Meeting open to the public (Non-member donation $5)
Brought back by popular demand, Janice will be doing another "Window Box Workshop".  As in the past she will plant both a window box for the sun and one for the shade.  Each of the boxes will be raffled at the end of the evening.

Hostess Chairs: Sylvia Flynn and Betty Shea

Thursday, June 4, 2015, 6:30 PM
Guest Speaker:  Neal Sanders
Annual Dinner at the Hawthorne Hotel - Members: $TBD     Non-members: $TBD .
Once again we close out the season with our annual dinner at Salem's Hawthorne Hotel.  Cocktail time begins at 6:30 PM with dinner and our speaker, author Neal Sanders to follow at 7:30 PM.  Neal is the author of eight mysteries, several of which use garden club settings.  This evening's talk is titled "Gardening Is Murder".  His gardening experiences and observations make for a lecture that is both humorous and informative!

Please join us!  All are welcome as we close out the season and celebrate our accomplishments!   
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